So Windows 8 is here and this Asus laptop is superb value, offering ultrabook looks and near ultrabooks performance with the very latest software for well under £400.
The X501A follows on from the Windows 7 model X50 series and offers a high quality finish on a budget price laptop. Asus are winning awards all around the world at the moment for their hardware, just check T3 winners list for 2012. Having won Best PC manufacturer in Asia multiple times, there is no doubting the hardware. This build quality is backed up with some impressive power, it has got an Intel Core i3 processor and an onboard nVidia graphics card. This allows it to play full HD movies with ease and will play the latest Facebook and Internet based games with ease. The Asus X501A also has two USB 3 ports, which means you can get the latest fast transfer speeds with USB3 hard drives and pen drives. It is up to 10x faster than USB 2.0. 500GB will also hold all of your photos and movies with ease.
Overall this is a great family laptop which is in most budgets, without looking as such. Its slim chassis looks a cut above similar models at this price range. It is available to reserve and collect from PC World / Currys.